CHRISTMAS MONOGRAM

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When I made the cork monogram Z for my friend Carol, I bought two Z’s.  I bought the second one because I’d forgotten I’d already purchased one (a brief moment of old-age-ness!).  Not knowing any other Z friends, I decided to make the extra Z into something Christmas-y for Carol.  This is a true story of crapsmanship — I had many missteps along the way, but in the end, it turned out cute, cute, cute!

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After an easy sanding around the edges, I painted the entire back green.  I thought that Carol might want to tuck this into her Christmas tree somewhere, and the green back would blend in nicely.  I then used one sheet of red scrapbook paper and traced around the Z.  The paper didn’t quite cover all of the letter, but that was okay since I was going to add embellishments that would help to cover the whole letter.  I cut around the traced line and ModPodged the letter to the Z.

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CRAP ALERT:  Unfortunately I made several mistakes here.  First, I didn’t add enough glue to the back of the scrapbook paper and I had bubbles galore.  Secord, I wasn’t careful about pressing the paper to the letter.  I not only had bubbles of air in the letter, but when I tried to press the bubbles down, I got lots of creases.  It looked bad!

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So my next step was to tear the paper off completely and start over.  The one smart thing I did was remove the paper before the glue had dried, so tearing it off wasn’t a problem.  Again, I traced a letter onto red scrapbook paper, but I was much more careful about applying plenty of ModPodge and smoothing the paper down as I worked section by section.

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Next I added some green strips of scrapbook paper and a little Christmas-themed washi tape.  CRAP ALERT:  You can see in the picture above that I almost forgot to extend the Ho Ho Ho tape clearly across the letter.  Fortunately, I caught that stupid mistake before I’d completely finished adhering the decorative strips.

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I then used an X-acto knife and a self-healing mat to cut cleanly around the letter to trim off any excess paper and tape.  CRAP ALERT:  Some areas that I trimmed looked ragged, so I used a fine sandpaper to smooth it.  That didn’t work — it just got more ragged — but luckily when I coated everything with ModPodge, the raggedy-ness disappeared for the most part.

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Now the fun began!  I glued embellishments to the letter until I was satisfied it looked good (and the embellishments come in handy to hide any errors!).  In the photo above, I’ve got weights so the larger pieces would dry flat.

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Voila!  Doesn’t it look good?  Now on to Hobby Lobby to buy a letter for my own tree!

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